Scientific name : Sternotherus depressus
Family : Kinosternidae
Native to : Northern Alabama, United States
Interesting fact : Most turtles are quite shy and will release a pungent yellow fluid called musk when stressed.
Conservation status : Critically Endangered
Feeding predominantly on clams and snails are these flattened musk turtles. Their webbed feet and tails help them swim. With a length of only 10 cm and a flat shell they easily hide under rocks of rivers, streams and creek and come out only at night. Their numbers are reducing due to collection for the pet trade.